going to do to get us out? >> reporter: across the nashville area, swollen creeks caused flash flooding, forcing some to the safety of their roofs. and leaving cars floating on streets. rescue teams fanned out, fighting the fast-moving waters, to get people out. not just tennessee. from arkansas, to missouri, the heavy rain is hammering the heartland. over six inches of rain in madison, tennessee, double what they see in a month. in wallace, kansas, eight inches. and the worst, richland, missouri, 17 inches this week. enough for an entire summer. and here in the nashville area, there is water still rushing through these swollen creeks. you can tell how one point here the water rose so high, it carried that debris and garbage can up to that bridge. usually, this creek is only about one to two feet deep. alex perez, abc news, nashville. >>> also happen right now, crews in southern california spent a second night battling that out-of-control wildfire east of los angeles. officials now say 26 homes have been destroyed. they expect the number to triple once they can see the damage firsthand.